June, 2017

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How to have a Successful Hunt in Economic Challenging Times

What do you do if you are wary of the economic situation, but also in love with hunting?  The answer is simple – Make sure that when you hunt, it is a successful hunt.

Economic Challenging Times

A few global events took place in 2016 that led to a wariness of the economy by the general public.    Uncertainty still seems to be present in both Europe and US.  In Europe, the British vote to leave the European Union in 2016 after years of increasingly ambivalent membership was greeted with a mixture of defiance, fear, and jubilation.  It is likely that this will lead to important implications for global trade in the coming years and has therefore led to a certain amount of uncertainty.

The election of Donald Trump as the US President in 2016 is also another event that came as a surprise to the world.  Trump has made news about his talk of changing foreign policies and to build a wall to separate the United States and Mexico.  It is expected that President Trump’s foreign policy decisions will dominate the news in 2017, and possibly redefine America’s relations with the world.  This might also lead to a certain amount of wariness among the general public.

The Hunter in Economic Challenging Times

Despite these global events, a positive global economic outlook for 2017 is still predicted.  The uncertainty has however resulted in a wariness of hunters to travel internationally.  This is understandable as the impact of the world economy has an impact on our everyday lives.  Perhaps the most easily seen impact is a hunter’s own currency against the currency of the country he/she hunts in.  It is now more important than ever before those hunters get value for their money.

For a lot of people, these economic changes could implicate that their hunting trip is not an annual holiday anymore, but it is now a trip of a lifetime.  It is therefore recommended, that when you hunt, you must ensure that it is a successful hunt.

Successful hunting tips

Here are some ways to have a successful hunt despite economic challenges:

  • Make use of a hunting outfitter with an excellent reputation. Most hunting outfitters provide references and hunters are usually more than willing to provide information about their past hunts.  References should include information about the hunting ethics of the outfitter, professionalism, planning and communication and hunting opportunities.
  • Plan your hunt with precision. Your hunting outfitter should help you with information about rifle licenses, transportation etc.  This will keep you from wasting money on unforeseen circumstances.
  • Make sure you know exactly what is included in the daily rate.   Things like food, drinks, PH, hunting vehicle, trackers, daily laundry, VAT etc must be considered. There is nothing worse than receiving your invoice and seeing that there are a lot of extra costs (hidden costs) included.
  • Find out if your deposit refundable in the case of a cancellation.
  • Consider combining your hunting trip with a sightseeing trip. Some don’t know whether they will visit the country again, so making the most of the time you have, is important.
  • The quality of the lodge. Although there are individual differences, most hunters prefer good quality lodges.  Remember that you spend hard days in the bush and that you do not want to be uncomfortable at night. Make sure that the hunting outfitter and country is able to provide the type of accommodation you prefer.
  • The size of the hunting area. This is important, as it will impact your hunting experience.  You do not want to walk into a fence every few miles.   Make sure that the hunting area is big.  The area must also comprise out of one large hunting area, instead of a few divided areas.
  • Not all lodges have Wi-Fi and it is, therefore, important to find out beforehand the availability and policy of Wi-Fi at the chosen lodge.

Keeping these small, but important things in mind will help you make the most of your safari and will ensure that you have the best hunting experience.